Join SAMHSA, the Administration for Community Living (ACL), the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), and the National Coalition on Mental Health and Aging (NCMHA) for a thoughtful discussion, including practical ideas to promote connection and recovery for older adults with serious mental illness and substance use disorders, during this unprecedented time in our history.
SAMHSA is allowing flexibility for grant recipients affected by the loss of operational capacity and increased costs due to the COVID-19 crisis. These flexibilities are available during this emergency time period. Flexibility may be reassessed upon issuance of new guidance by the Office of Management and Budget post the emergency time period. Click the link above for information and resources to assist grant recipients during the COVID-19 emergency. Continue to check this website for updates.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, Americans are required to stay home to protect themselves and their communities. However, the home may not be safe for many families who experience domestic violence. This is a resource document to help families and communities address intimate partner violence and child abuse health concerns.
SAMHSA’s next National Prevention Week (NPW) is May 10 through 16, 2020. Each year around this observance, communities and organizations across the country come together to raise awareness about the importance of substance use prevention and positive mental health.
SAMHSA is committed to providing regular training and technical assistance (TTA) on matters related to the mental and substance use disorder field as they deal with COVID-19. View the updated available TTA resources to assist with the current situation.
These FAQs address general questions associated with award and management of SAMHSA discretionary grants that may arise in relation to COVID-19. This information does not apply to SABG, MHBG, PATH or PAIMI grants. Applicants and grant recipients are strongly encouraged to monitor this website for updates.
SAMHSA is accepting applications for the State Opioid Response (SOR) Technical Assistance (TA) grant. This grant will be provided to a single entity who will serve as the central coordinating point for ensuring the requirements of this funding opportunity are met. The goal of this TA grant is to ensure the provision of evidence-based prevention, treatment, and recovery support programs/services across the SOR program.
SAMHSA plans to issue 1 grant of to $16,607,000 per year for 2 years.
SAMHSA is accepting applications for Treatment, Recovery, and Workforce Support grants (Workforce Support). The purpose of this program is to implement evidence-based programs to support individuals in substance use disorder treatment and recovery to live independently and participate in the workforce. To achieve this objective, recipients must coordinate, as applicable, with Indian tribes or tribal organizations, state and local workforce development boards, lead state agencies responsible for a workforce investment activity, and state agencies responsible for carrying out substance use disorder prevention and treatment programs.
SAMHSA plans to issue 8 grants of up to $500,000 per year for up to 5 years.
SAMHSA is accepting applications for the State Opioid Response (SOR) grants. The program aims to address the opioid crisis by increasing access to medication-assisted treatment using the three FDA-approved medications for the treatment of opioid use disorder, reducing unmet treatment need, and reducing opioid overdose-related deaths through the provision of prevention, treatment, and recovery activities for opioid use disorder (including illicit use of prescription opioids, heroin, and fentanyl and fentanyl analogs).
SAMHSA plans to issue up to 59 grants of up to $1,420,000,000 for up to 2 years.
SAMHSA is accepting applications for the Rural Opioid Technical Assistance Grants (ROTA). The purpose of this program is to develop and disseminate training and technical assistance for rural communities on addressing opioid issues affecting these communities. Training and technical assistance can also be geared toward addressing stimulant issues in these communities.
SAMHSA plans to issue 5 awards of $550,000 for up to 2 years.
These virtual sessions are held to support Native communities in these challenging times. Our first session will include a time when you can share thoughts and concerns about the current needs and challenges that your communities and programs are facing, and topics you would like covered in future sessions. The goal is to connect you with the resources you need.
The second session will be held Friday, May 8, 2020 12:00 p.m. EDT.
This session is designed to offer strategies to faculty to enable them to support their students during this challenging time. Topics will include best practices in the current teaching environment, an overview of student responses to the pandemic and related stressors, and tips on how to support students from a distance. We will also share ideas about self-care for faculty and offer opportunities for discussion.
Spiritual leaders from American Indian and Alaska Native communities come together to discuss the importance of spirituality in the treatment of behavioral health and mental health disorders. Spirituality is often left out of counseling and therapeutic relationships, but is an essential part of healing and change for many clients.
This training focuses specifically on children and adolescents, and provides attendees with an overview of risk and protective factors of substance use and discusses the prevention and treatment of substance use disorders. Attendees learn about the stages of child development and how these may be affected by substance use.
This webinar focuses on important points to consider when hiring or contracting with youth peer support specialists. This includes the pros and cons of partnering with an outside agency, conducting internal hires, considering full or part-time positions, recommended policies and procedures, and more.
This interactive two-part webinar is designed to equip peers, counselors, social workers, and others working with people with concepts and preparatory actions that can be used to de-escalate a wide range of interactions.
The virtual talking circle is held bi-weekly. This group will be facilitated by a Native guest and will focus on concerns about yourself, your family, your work, and/or your tribal community that you may be experiencing during these uncertain times.
Monday, May 4, 2020 3:00 p.m. EDT Monday, May 11, 2020 3:00 p.m. EDT
Regular, weekly meetings are held for ACT teams and ACT stakeholders. Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) is a multidisciplinary, team-based model that provides intensive community-based and outreach-oriented services to people who experience the most severe and persistent mental illness. The vast majority also have a co-occurring substance use disorder and many experience comorbid medical illnesses as well as homelessness. Goals of the meetings are to:
connect with one other
share strategies and resources for adapting team practices and communications
facilitate connection to the most up-to-date resources during the COVID-19 outbreak
In addition to the weekly meet-up, there is also a Virtual Discussion Forum to help organize information, resources, and strategies used across teams.
This webinar is Part Five of Six in the Webinar Series: “Suicide Prevention across the Educational Continuum.” This session will provide participants with an overview of best practices for addressing suicidal behaviors and thoughts for youth and adolescents experiencing Serious Emotional Disturbance (SED). Focus will be placed on understanding the definition of SED, engaging in interdisciplinary care for SED youth, best practices for working with youth experiencing SED and their families, and implications for suicide intervention and prevention with this population.
Part Six: Suicide Prevention and Interventions for Transition Age Youth on College Campuses will take place on May 13, 2020at 1:00 p.m. EDT.
Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) is a multidisciplinary, team-based model that provides intensive community-based and outreach-oriented services to people who experience the most severe and persistent mental illness. The vast majority also have a co-occurring substance use disorder and many experience comorbid medical illnesses as well as homelessness. This is a meet-up for non-provider ACT stakeholders who assume a role of overseeing ACT, funding ACT, providing ACT training and technical supports, and/or conducting ACT fidelity reviews.
This webinar will discuss issues related to the implementation of Digital Mental Health (DMH) interventions and focus on aspects that correspond to the acceptability, appropriateness, and feasibility of such resources. It will present findings from research studies that address the implementation DMH interventions, as well as considerations for the review and evaluation of existing DMH resources available to providers and consumers through public app marketplaces.
Guest presenters will share their experience with finding ways to pay for high quality prevention services for youth and families affected by early psychosis and/or signs of clinical high risk. This will include discussions about negotiating bundled payment structures with third-party payers, providing telemedicine, and finding creative solutions to maximize existing resources in order to provide stepped care that matches evidence-based services to individual needs and preferences.
Thursday, May 7, 2020 9:00 a.m. EDT Friday, May 8, 2020 9:00 a.m. EDT
Although Parks and Recreation Departments (P&R Depts) can be one of the largest childcare providers in a community, they often receive little support and training on positive youth development, trauma-sensitive approaches to working with young people, and substance use prevention strategies. In this webinar, participants will become familiar with a recent toolkit and explore ways to create relationships, provide technical assistance, and support P&R Depts to improve programs, staff training, and parent engagement.
The third session of this four-part series will discuss care of the infant and family in the first year of life after prenatal substance exposure. This session will discuss what is currently known about the risks to early infant development after prenatal substance exposures and how to provide care and treatment to optimize outcomes.
The fourth session, Practical Guidance for Care of the Substance-Exposed Newborn will take place on Thursday, May 14, 2020 11:00 a.m. EDT.
The National Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) Standards provide a road map of actionable guidelines that help behavioral health programs review potential obstacles to culturally responsive care. This interactive two-part webinar will provide an overview of the CLAS Standards and a focus on how providers might implement culturally and linguistically appropriate strategies to heighten engagement opportunities and effect recovery support to diverse communities.
This webinar series will introduce you to recovery from serious mental illness and many of the evidence-based and promising practices that support recovery. This session focuses on the role of religion and spirituality in recovery.
This one-hour online session focuses on the importance of co-developing the Training of Trainers (TOT) curriculum with the direct participation of community members. One academic institution and two non-profit organizations collaborated to co-develop a TOT about the intersection of domestic violence, trauma, and mental health among Latinx families and children. This webinar will review the implementation of the TOT and the preliminary results, as well as the creative ways of disseminating the TOT under the nation's COVID-19 crisis. Participants will learn about the importance of partnering with grassroots organizations to develop psychoeducation.
Thursday, May 7, 2020 2:00 p.m. EDT Thursday, May 14, 2020 2:00 p.m. EDT Thursday, May 21, 2020 2:00 p.m. EDT
Many of you have created unique strategies for meeting the needs of your service participants, but you may still also be grappling with questions or looking for better ways of doing things. To help facilitate support and the sharing of resources and ideas, join these one-hour virtual learning discussions for mental health supervisors who want to share experiences, exchange resources, and ask and answer questions of and for each other. You are welcome to join one, two, or all three.
This is the first in a series of three 90-minute interactive professional learning webinars for early childhood professionals. The overarching goal of the learning series is to provide foundational learning and shared literacy in trauma-informed practices through the Core Guiding Principles of the HEARTS framework specifically examining the material through a lens of cultural humility and equity while providing accessible resources and strategies. This introductory session will define trauma and create an understanding of Early Childhood Trauma Exposure. It will also address Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES). The other sessions in the series include:
Part 2: Cultural Humility and Responsiveness – May 14, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. EDT
Part 3: Understanding Grief and Increasing Wellness – May 21, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. EDT
Thursday, May 7, 2020 6:30 p.m. EST Tuesday, June 2, 2020 6:30 p.m. EST Tuesday, August 11, 2020 6:30 p.m. EST
If you registered and attended one or more of the previous ISF Webinar Series, and want to learn and discuss more with colleagues, join one or more sessions for school mental health practitioners from Regions 9 and 10 who want to share experiences, resources, and ask and answer questions.
In this webinar, participants will learn the benefits of a practice of mindful compassion on well-being, how to practice mindful compassion to cultivate strong school communities, and how to practice self-compassion to enhance resiliency and combat compassion fatigue.
This online session will provide information on practical tools to increase the knowledge of mental health service providers about the implications of vicarious trauma on mental health and how to prevent it. The presenter will discuss the dimensions of vicarious trauma, the concepts of compassion fatigue and burning syndrome, the neurobiology of accompaniment in mental health professionals, individual responses and their implications at the organizational level, the post-natural events experience, and strategies to face the effects of vicarious trauma.
This workshop will look at how our clients/patients can find healing in the midst of the pain and suffering associated with loss. We will examine a counseling style and tools designed to address people's losses.
The coming out process is a unique and individualized process, preferably driven by the client. Often times, many individuals that identify as a sexual or gender minority face the coming out process multiple times. This webinar will highlight the impact of coming out and how to best support someone through this process.
This webinar will review current trends in children’s mental health (particularly with rural and low-income populations and students of color) and explore why youth suicide and mental illness are on the rise. We will discuss cultural, racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic factors and how they impact prevention and treatment options, with recommendations for how to improve equity. We also will explore restorative justice and case studies of effective solutions.
Although initially introduced in response to targeted school violence, such as school shootings and other acts of violence on a school campus, the goals of Psychological First Aid for Schools – Listen Protect Connect/Model and Teach have relevance to the COVID-19 pandemic which has seriously disrupted the daily lives of children and adults all over the world.
Higher education settings are increasingly tasked with responding to the mental health needs of students and transition age youth on campuses. This session will focus on increasing faculty and staff understanding of suicidality and best practices for supporting students and transition age youth experiencing thoughts of suicide. Particular attention will be given to identifying warning signs for suicidality, best practices for screening and referring individuals to campus based care and best practices for suicide interventions for college and transition age youth.
Peer delivered services are increasingly being recognized for their value, and becoming more readily available. This webinar will provide a broad overview of the history, research, misconceptions, implementation, supervision and benefits of peer delivered services.
This four-part series focuses on tools used to engage individuals with serious mental illness and/or substance use disorders in person-centered treatment and services. Part 4 will discuss shared decision making based on the principles and tools emphasized in the Wellness Recovery Action Planning (WRAP) approach.
The purpose of this session is to provide guidance to improve clinical management of acute and chronic pain in individuals with substance use disorder. Using a case based approach, the presenter will describe options for managing both acute and chronic pain for patients taking methadone, buprenorphine or naltrexone for treatment of opioid use disorder as well as those who are still engaged in substance use and those in remission, not currently taking medications.
Research has shown that individual outcomes are better, program compliance is higher, and organizations decrease staff time spent and complete fewer assessments when using interpreters in health and behavioral health settings. This net effect is mutually beneficial.
Educators and school mental health leadership are resilient, creative, and tenacious, but they need to be supported to be able to provide support. Each Wellness Wednesday is a 60-minute virtual session for the school mental health workforce to connect, reflect, and support each other.
Implicit bias refers to the attitudes or stereotypes that affect our understanding, actions, and decisions in an unconscious manner. This workshop explores the dynamics of implicit bias and its impact on decision-making in behavioral health spaces.
The Peer Support Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes (PS ECHO) is a movement to share knowledge, and amplify capacity to provide best practices. The PS ECHO is an online community for Peer Recovery Specialist and Mental Health Peers to:
This webinar series is focused on the role of the school leader in creating and maintaining a positive climate and culture virtually during the global pandemic and in the building upon the return to school. Part 3: (June 4th) Discussion - LIVE Q & A with series presenters and guest school leaders.
Due to the need for many mental health providers to transition to online service delivery as a result of COVID-19, this webinar will provide general guidance on the use of telehealth services. In particular, this webinar will focus on providing recommendations for adapting common Cognitive Behavioral Therapy tools (e.g., repeated assessment, homework tracking, etc.) for use with clients via telehealth. Special linguistic and cultural considerations for providers of Latino clients will also be presented throughout the webinar.
This webinar will discuss how, and to what extent, opioids and alcohol are connected to suicide risk. It will also cover identified evidence-based substance use prevention programs that also address risk of suicide, and what potential opportunities for further collaborations may exist.
This presentation will provide a clear understanding of the disproportionate impact substance abuse has on the Hispano/Latino populations. The role the faith community has to play is an integral part of a successful prevention program in a community.
This panel discussion will highlight real world intersections of substance misuse prevention and mental health best practices to reduce risk of suicide among youth and young adults. The webinar examines shared risk and protective factors for vulnerable populations, outlines college campus programs for behavioral health, and explores a state systems approach to advancing the capacity of the mental and behavioral health workforce to prevent substance misuse and suicide risk.
Thursday, May 14, 2020 12:00 p.m. EDT Thursday, May 28, 2020 12:00 p.m. EDT
Many of you have created unique strategies for meeting the needs of your service participants, but you may still also be grappling with questions or looking for better ways of doing things. To help facilitate support and the sharing of resources and ideas, Mutual Support Calls for Thriving at Work during COVID-19 will be held.
In response to the novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic, SAMHSA is providing updates to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) regarding the provision of methadone and buprenorphine for the treatment of opioid use disorder for new and existing patients.
This guide contains resources for individuals who provide or coordinate services for women who are reentering the community after a period of incarceration. It serves as a "checklist" of considerations that are useful when working with women who are involved in the criminal justice system.